Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wink Bowman

Wendell Carleton "Wink" Bowman

January 22, 1916
Monticello, IN

December 8, 2001
Remington, IN

1932-33 Remington High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Remington High School - Indiana (High School)
1939-40 St Joseph's College - Indiana (College)
1940-41 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)

Originally listed as Art Bowman, a Hammond team photo I found listed him as "Wink" Bowman. Using the name Wink, I quickly found Wendell C. "Wink" Bowman from Monticello, IN. His obituary said he went to St Joseph's (like the newspaper article about the basketball player named "Wink") and his obituary in the Rensselaer Republican said he played professional basketball. Another mystery player identified.

Born to Harold ("Chip") and Ada Bowman, Wink went from Remington HS to Butler University to St Joseph's. He played pro basketball briefly before entering the Army Air Corp. He attained the rank of captain while serving in the European Theater, decorated with the Air Medal with four Clusters, European Theater Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Ribbon, Pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbon.

Upon returning to the States, he graduated from Terre Haute Watchmaking School and operated Bowman's Jewelry in Remington for 26 years, and then worked for the Indiana State Highway Department.

He married Florence Talley on May 24, 1942, and they had two sons.



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